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One of the four temperate seasons, autumn marks the transition from summer into winter.

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Football games, apple cider and everything pumpkin!

  • Sep 17, 2009
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Ah! autumn in New England.  There is nothing quite like it.  Ever since I was a little kid it has been my favorite time of the year.  People from all over the country flock to New England during October to catch a glimpse of nature's splendor.  I for one never take it for granted and still marvel at the vast array of color on display around here each Fall.  I also enjoy the cool Fall temperatures and all of the varied activities that go with the season.  I can't wait to get started!

There are so many great ways for people to celebrate the Fall season.  Let me tell you about a few of my personal favorites.  My wife and I really enjoy taking nature walks during this time of the year.  There is something very invigorating about those cool autumn breezes and hikes are a perfect way to take in the splendid foliage the New England countryside has to offer.  If hiking is not your bag then you might decide to visit an orchard and pick your own apples.  This is always an enjoyable activity and think of the hot apple crisp, deep dish apple pie and homemade applesauce you can make afterwards.  A great family activity might be a trip to a corn maze or pumpkin patch.  I always get a kick watching the little ones in pursuit of the perfect pumpkin.  Oftentimes, the pumpkin they select weighs almost as much as they do!   And while you are out you might want to pick up a pumpkin or two and some cornstalks to decorate your doorway or yard at home.  

Now as the season progresses and the weather turns noticably cooler you might consider making up a big pot of chicken soup and baking some homemade bread.  I find this is the perfect meal after an afternoon of raking leaves. Oh, how I miss the smell of burning leaves!  And as night falls, it is always enjoyable to curl up with a good book or a classic movie wrapped up in a nice warm comforter. 

Yes, autumn is my favorite season.  In addition to all of the great outdoor activities two of my favorite holidays happen in the Fall.   Halloween continues to be one of the biggest days of the year for kids.  Such a simple idea and so much fun for everyone involved!  Then there is Thanksgiving.  This is easily my favorite holiday of the year!   I enjoy almost everything about it including the food, the family, the football and the nap after dinner.  A great American tradition.  And I am told that worldwide autumn has the best weather as well.  For me, it all adds up. Autumn is truly the best time of the year.   Enthusiastically recommended!
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September 24, 2009
It's mine too, but for an entirely different feeling. I live in California so we don't get much of colors changing, but there is a change in the air. It becomes a little more crisp. Although its still warm, we have a nice morning and evening chill, which I actually have come to enjoy. It means that everytime we go outside, we won't need to bring a towel with us to wipe our foreheads off. Plus, being an avid tennis player, its the best time of year to play tennis! YAY fall!
September 18, 2009
Fall in New England is infinitely preferred to Barry Manilow's Weekend In New England. Great review.... meditation, Paul.
September 17, 2009
Hi Paul.....it's my favorite time of the year as well and last year at this time I was in Nova Scotia, Vermont, Boston, etc.....so beautiful. It's lovely here too. I think our summers go a little longer than yours....I don't know for sure, but I can't wait for the "real" fall to come, such as October and Halloween time. Next weekend we're taking a "hike" to Grafton, Illinois....lots of trails, parks (Lewis and Clark) etc.....it's where everybody goes her at this time of the year. Great review....just reminds me how lucky we are to have the four seasons. It's one thing I really missed when I lived in L.A.
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Quick Tip by . October 01, 2009
Since moving to L.A. the only thing I've missed was East Coast autumn! What a great time or year.
Quick Tip by . September 27, 2009
I love autumn because I LOVE Halloween. Cool & windy leaves at night blowing around reminds of trick or treating as a kid!
Quick Tip by . September 24, 2009
my favorite season! yay for harvest time : )
Quick Tip by . September 22, 2009
Hello, autumn! Is summer really over? Looking forward to the cool Cali weather and pretty, warm-toned, fallen leaves.
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The word autumn comes from the Old French word autompne (automne in modern French), and was later normalized to the original Latin word autumnus. There are rare examples of its use as early as the 12th century, but it became common by the 16th century.

Before the 16th century, harvest was the term usually used to refer to the season. However, as more people gradually moved from working the land to living in towns (especially those who could read and write, the only people whose use of language we now know), the word harvest lost its reference to the time of year and came to refer only to the actual activity of reaping, and fall, as well as autumn, began to replace it as a reference to the season.

The alternative word fall is now mostly a North American English word for the season. It traces its origins to old Germanic languages. The exact derivation is unclear, the Old English fiæll or feallan and the Old Norse fall all being possible candidates. However, these words all have the meaning "to fall from a height" and are clearly derived either from a common root or from each other. The term came to denote the season in the 16th century, a contraction of Middle English expressions like "fall of the leaf" and "fall of the year".

During the 20th century, English immigration to the colonies in North America was at its lowest point, and the new settlers took their language with them. While the term fall gradually became obsolescent in Britain, ...

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